MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11: Christian Petracca of the Demons looks on during the Melbourne Demons training session at Gosch's Paddock on January 11, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Christian Petracca was superb in Melbourne’s first pre-season hit out against Adelaide – the 24-year old had 38 disposals, 27 contested, and booted three goals.

Petracca’s performance is reward for a lot of hard work put in by the former number 2 draft pick, who by all reports, has had the biggest pre-season of his career.

David King told SEN that he believes Petracca’s big block of training along with Jordan De Goey’s lack of pre-season work will see the Melbourne star surpass his Collingwood rival.

“When you see him turn up in absolute peak condition and then get the rewards straight away, you think, you know what? The excuses are gone now,” King said on SEN on Monday morning.

“Everyone’s talking about Jordan De Goey at the moment. De Goey and Petracca are the same player. They can do the unbelievable out of the goalsquare inside the forward 50; they can mark; they can crumb; they can do anything with the football in hand; they can go into the midfield and burst and do things.

“They’ve had two completely different preparations. We’re going to wait until Sunday to see if Jordan is playing and if he’s able to do what Christian did, but he’s (Petracca) raised the bar.”

King said Petracca’s transformation has rid the burst players with no tank of any excuses.

“The excuses for guys who maybe can’t cover the ground and maybe aren’t great athletes is probably gone.

“It’s a credit to Christian what he’s done and we very rarely endorse and wrap up the off-seasons of players because they are professionals and we just expect that what they should do. But to go to this level, I think it’s a fantastic sign for Melbourne.”